A co-worker of mine recently shared a story from almost exactly four years ago. On that day she was leaving work and was leaving her workplace with a co-worker. She got outside, slipped on a patch of ice, fell back and hit her head. Right away she felt a wave of nausea and realized it was a bad injury. Nausea is a sign of a brain injury. She went to the emergency room where they scanned her head and didn’t find any swelling or bleeding so they sent her home.
But, over the next few days she started experiencing strong symptoms of a concussion. She found herself only half making her bed and half emptying the dishwasher. She found herself confused and would cry a lot. Even a year later she reported still not feeling back to normal.
This injury happened on the day of the first snowfall of the year – but she was ready – she had checked the weather and was wearing her boots and winter gear.
Could this fall have been prevented? Tomorrow, I argue it is likely this fall could have been avoided with better footwear.